Manny Pacquiao will not take on Amir Khan in April, according to Bob Arum, who says a $38m (£31m) offer from an unnamed investment group in the United Arab Emirates for the fight has failed to materialise.
Both Pacquiao, 38, and Khan, 30, announced via their social media channels in February that a fight between the two old sparring partners had been agreed provisionally for 23 April. Pacquiao and his promoter Arum had previously been deep in talks to fight Australian welterweight Jeff Horn in Brisbane as part of a round-the-world farewell tour, but an offer from the UAE to bankroll the Khan fight convinced the Filipino icon to abandon those talks and pursue a fight with the Briton…Top Rank CEO Arum, sceptical throughout the proposed bout, has now described the UAE offer as an "outlandish sum" that was "too good to be true", with the fight now off the table until later on this year at the earliest.Arum told the LA Times: "When they contacted me, I told them it was pie in the sky that this is crazy, it is not going to happen. Manny wanted to roll the dice. He rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes.